Yes, the country known to many Americans as the homeplace of Borat is actually a vital asset to Russia’s space programme. It was from their Baikonur spaceport in Kazakstan that the Proton rocket launched. The craft is part of the ExoMars programme and will start its seven-month journey to Mars. On board the craft, an atmospheric probe will be used to study trace gases on the planet. Somewhere in here, there is a farting aliens joke, but that’s best left for the comments section.
Russia invested millions to launching a rocket to Mars. Do they truly expect to find aliens there? Aliens or not, this trip could give us a great deal of information about the solar system. Scientist believe that methane gas originated from micro-organisms. These “methanogens” are thought to have become extinct millions of years ago. This resulted in the frozen gas under the planet’s surface. Some think these micro-organisms are still alive. In other words, aliens.
Russia has never been accused of messing around and the ExoMars project is no exception. This isn’t just a showing of technological force, but a project that hopes to serve a greater purpose.